Daily Markup #88: How to expand globally amidst the pandemic according to Supahands; PolicyPal…

Careful planning

  • For entrepreneurs, global expansion is an indicator of growth and ambition by showcasing their products and features to a wider audience.
  • However, it’s a process that requires thoughtful planning. e27 speaks to Greg Meehan, Chief Revenue Officer of 500-backed Supahands about how they map out a global expansion plan and suggestions for startups that are looking to do the same.
  • First thing, Greg says, is to uncover why expanding globally is necessary. This helps to minimize risk and provides a clear purpose moving forward.
  • “We started to receive inbound inquiries that led us to believe that there is a big opportunity for us internationally. Then we need to factor in all the different kinds of costs — and that can be a big risk,” Greg says.
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  • Other factors to consider include product-market fit, budgeting, and human resources.
  • But what about the pandemic? With traveling restricted and borders closed, what can entrepreneurs do to overcome this significant hurdle?
  • Greg reminded us that there are elements of international expansion that can be done virtually. For example, market research.
  • “The global pandemic really levels the playing field for businesses and startups in Southeast Asia that are looking to expand, because everyone is in the same boat now,” he says.
  • Read the full interview here.

Congrats, Val!

  • Fortune has named the honorees for it’s latest 40 Under 40 list.
  • This time, Val Yap, co-founder of 500-backed insurtech company PolicyPal, is on it.
  • Under the Finance category, Fortune writes that PolicyPal has “helped disrupt what is traditionally a staid industry” by collating all insurance-related information under one single digital platform, allowing users to stay updated with their policies.
Credit: Fortune
  • Fortune also notes AMTD Digital’s acquisition of PolicyPal earlier this year to drive innovation and expand the insurtech industry in Southeast Asia.
  • “Thanks to the PolicyPal team (a member of AMTD Group) who work tirelessly to make insurance affordable and accessible to everyone. This is for them!” said Val on her LinkedIn account.
  • Congrats, Val!

Ride safe

  • 500-backed e-scooter operator Neuron Mobility has entered into a partnership with RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents).
  • This partnership will let the company bring the best practice in shared e-scooter safety in the UK.
  • This announcement of the partnership between Neuron Mobility and RoSPA follows the government’s decision to accelerate e-scooter trials in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic as a safe, socially-distanced and sustainable way to move around the UK’s towns and cities.
Credit: ScooterTalk
  • Last month, Neuron launched its “Follow My Ride” service in Australia, which allows a Neuron rider to share their location in real-time with someone else during their e-scooter trip, and provides added security while riding alone.
  • Founded in Singapore in 2016, Neuron operates in eight locations in Australia including Brisbane, Darwin, Adelaide and Auckland, New Zealand.

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